Recruiting, retaining and supporting General Practitioners (GPs), Nurses and Allied Health Professionals in rural New South Wales, Australia

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General Practice Training Program

On graduating from a medical degree at university, a Junior Medical Officer (JMO) must progress through an internship (including hospital training) and early Post-Graduate Years (PGY 1 and 2) to then make a decision about future training and specialisation (PGY 3 and beyond). If you are a junior doctor unsure of the career progression of a General Practitioner, please view this chart outlining the steps involved in becoming a GP.

If you are undecided about your future, working as a Rural GP is an option available to you.

The GP Training Program is flexible and even allows you to train part time. The Federal Government recently announced there will be an additional 300 funded GP training places across Australia for 2015 (a total of 1500 training places).

Who can apply? To ensure you are eligible to apply for the General Practice Training Program (GP training), please visit the AGPT website and complete the eligibility flowchart.

When to apply? Applicants can apply as early as from their intern year. Applicants in later stages of training/employment may be eligible to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for their hospital-based GP training component.

How to apply? All applications for GP training are to be made to AGPT.

When you make your application to GP training you are required to nominate which Regional Training Provider (RTP) to whom you would like to apply to undertake the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program.

There are seven RTPs located in New South Wales. Each of these training providers offer comprehensive education and training programs and quality in-practice supervision to equip GP registrars with the skills required to become independent GPs.

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Rural General Practice Training Pathway

Applicants to GP training can apply for either a general or rural pathway, the main difference being where the majority of training is completed. The rural pathway is the right choice if you want to work in rural and remote New South Wales.

The rural pathway is for registrars wishing to undertake their training in rural areas. In a rural pathway, GP Registrars are required to complete a minimum of 18 months of their GP term training in regional or rural locations (RA 2-5 areas) and are eligible for generous government financial incentives. Overseas Trained Doctors (OTDs) affected by the 10 year moratorium are only eligible to apply for the rural pathway.

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NSW Regional Training Organisations

Following the Federal Government restructure of the Regional Training Provider (RTP) network and a competitive tendering process, in 2015 GP Synergy was appointed to deliver training in regional NSW.
Phone: 1300 477 963 |  Email  |  Website

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NSW Rural Generalist Training Program

The NSW Rural Generalist Training Program is a four-year supported pathway to a career as a rural Medical Practitioner with advanced skills in a chosen specialty i.e. obstetrics and gynaecology and/or anaesthetics.

A Rural Generalist is trained to provide primary care to a rural community as well as secondary medical care in a hospital in a rural town (typically a NSW District Health Service).

Interested Rural Generalist applicants are required to have completed a hospital-based training internship at PGY1. Successful applicants will enter Rural Generalist Training at PGY 2. The first intake of PGY 2 and 3 doctors for this program was in 2013. Lateral entry to the program is possible if there are vacant advanced skills training positions.

Networking and support is provided for trainees to have an integrated training plan utilising advanced skills within Local Health Districts, and to assist in sourcing employment and career options based on workforce need post program. Network activities include workshops/skills sessions, e-chat forums, teleconference meetings, teletutorials and career planning.

For more information on the Rural Generalist Training Program, go to the Health Education and Training Institute website.

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Alternative pathways into rural General Practice - Rural Locum Relief Program (RLRP)

Prevocational programs provide excellent opportunities for junior doctors to interact with experienced rural medical doctor mentors.

If you are Australian trained or have passed your Australian Medical Council (AMC) exams and are completing your second postgraduate year, you can try a rotation as a Rural GP (and be paid for it!) by participating in the NSW Rural Doctors Network Rural Locum Relief Program (RLRP).

To find out more email RDN or call 02 4924 8000.

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Useful Web Links

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